Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos was a French officer, writer, and freemason, best known for his novel 'Les Liaisons dangereuses' (Dangerous Liaisons), a seminal work in the literature of the 18th century. The novel is famous for its exploration of seduction, revenge, and human malice, presented within the context of the decadence of the French aristocracy just before the French Revolution. Laclos's writing is characterized by its sharp wit and intricate portrayal of the complexities of moral ambiguity.


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  1. 1. Dangerous Liaison

    "Dangerous Liaison" is a tale of manipulation, revenge, and seduction set in the French aristocracy before the French Revolution. The novel follows the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals who use sex as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others, all the while enjoying their cruel games. Their targets are the virtuous (and married) Madame de Tourvel and the young Cecile de Volanges. The book is a dramatic exploration of decadence, corruption, and ultimate retribution.

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